The inhabitants of Lessines, Silly and Ath are invited to invest in local green energy

The construction of the new wind turbines in Ollignies is in full swing. Eoly Cooperation is launching the capital raising and invites the inhabitants of Ollignies to become a co-shareholder in one of the 5 wind turbines in Ollignies.

Work on the new Eoly Energy wind farm in Lessines-Silly (5 wind turbines) has started.
Eoly Cooperation becomes the owner of one of the turbines and will organise a capital raising from 1 April. As usual, Eoly Cooperation offers local residents priority registration for (1) month. For this wind farm, this means the residents of Lessines, Silly & Ath. From May 1st, the capital raising will be open to the general public.

Information meetings will be organised to explain the details of this participation. The previous participation convinced many people.

This is not the first time that Eoly Cooperation has raised capital. In 2017, around 1,200 cooperators invested in a wind turbine in Halle and in 2020, more than 1,100 new cooperators joined the project in Rebaix. In this way, they participate in the energy transition of tomorrow.  In exchange, they have voting rights at the annual general meeting and share in the profits of the wind turbines.

Information meetings for local residents
In order to inform all interested people, a face-to-face information meeting will take place on 1 April 2022 at the Hotel Horizon in Ath from 5.30 pm.

On 4 April a digital session will be organised. The objective is to explain the concept and the advantages of the cooperation and the details of this project and this capital raising.

Interested? Register before 27 March 2022 on or by phone on 02 388 01 20, to confirm your presence or to receive the link to the digital session.

About the Ollignies project

The first wind turbine has been operational since December 2016. It directly supplies the distribution centre of the Colruyt Group. With the other 5 wind turbines under construction, we will produce approximately 20,000 MWh more per year.

About Eoly Cooperation
Eoly Cooperation was founded in 2016. Eoly Cooperation works closely with Eoly Energy in the construction and operation of wind turbines and thus invests together in wind energy projects in Belgium. Local residents are primarily invited to become cooperators. This is not a financial model, but a direct participation in the projects.

About Eoly Energy
Eoly Energy is a renewable energy producer. We have been investing in onshore wind energy projects since 1999. The first projects were realised within the Colruyt Group. We are convinced that it is not only important to invest in renewable production capacity, but also in ways to keep as much sustainable energy as possible in the energy system. This is why Eoly Energy has developed expertise in hydrogen technology since 2010. We are convinced that within a generation we will be able to get all our energy from renewable sources.

Eoly Energy recycles Rebaix crushed stone for new project in Ollignies

In early 2021, we put the finishing touches to our wind farm in Rebaix (Hainaut province). Ever since, three wind turbines have been producing green energy on agricultural land along the A8/E429 motorway. Rather than returning the crushed stone generated during the Rebaix farm’s construction to the supplier, we opted for a more sustainable alternative, by reusing the material for our new wind farm in Ollignies. Up to 5,148m³ of stone fragments were transported to this borough of the Walloon city of Lessines only 12.8km away, thereby producing far fewer transport emissions. More specifically, this meant that 3,445 fewer litres of fuel were used, the same as making 267 trips by city car from Brussels to Paris and back.Roadworks in Ollignies will begin in September 2021. One year later, five turbines will start contributing towards a cleaner, greener energy landscape. The crushed stone from Rebaix will now be used to construct access roads and build platforms. Given that wind turbines are erected at the edge of a gravel platform rather than directly above soil, the platform provides space for any future blade repair. The Rebaix stone fragments have already been used to construct gravel platforms below two of the five turbines in Ollignies (WT1 and WT2). The remaining rubble has been stored and will soon be used to construct platforms below and access roads to the three remaining turbines, north of the motorway.

Recycling statistics

  • Volume: 5,148m³ = 303 17m³ lorries 
  • Platforms: 2 
  • Distance travelled: 12.8km = 72% kilometres saved 
  • Fuel savings: 3,445 litres = 267 rides Brussels-Paris and back 

Eoly wants to support climate objective with green energy project in Zele

Halle, 27 November 2019 – Eoly, producer and supplier of green energy, is planning the construction of a wind turbine on the industrial site in Zele. The expected energy production will correspond to the annual consumption of some 2,500 families and will thus contribute to the growing demand for energy and the Flemish government’s plan to reduce CO2 emissions by 35% by 2030. On Thursday, November 28, Eoly organises an information moment where local residents and interested parties can learn all details about the project and constructively obtain correct information and clarity about aspects such as noise and impact shadow. Besides investing in the wind turbine in Zele, Eoly also wants to invest in landscaping and sustainable projects in the region – local residents are invited to make suggestions during the information evening.

Choice of location: in the middle of an industrial area

The project is planned with the Renika company, located on Dommekensstraat in Zele. This location is in the middle of an industrial area with little residential development in the immediate vicinity and at a considerable distance from the residential area.

The new turbine will be bundled with the industrial zone and a few high-voltage pylons and will fit in with the three existing wind turbines. In addition, the chosen location also meets the criteria from the Flemish Circular ‘Assessment framework and preconditions for the establishment of wind turbines’ and corresponds to the most suitable zones according to the Wind Plan of the province of East Flanders.

The impact on the environment was thoroughly investigated and will also be closely monitored during the operation phase. This will guarantee that the legal standards for noise and impact shadow will be respected at all times and that the nuisance for residents and companies in the area will be limited to a minimum.


Noise and shadow standards respected

The law (Vlarem regulations) has laid down a certain permitted volume of cast shadow for homes: in Flanders, this is a period of a maximum of 8 hours per year, and no longer than 30 minutes per day. Eoly invests extra in its turbines to equip them with a system that continuously monitors the cast shadow and logs all standstills. “In this way, the government can check at all times that we are taking the legislation to heart, and cast shadow is kept to a minimum,” indicates Stephan Windels, Business Unit Manager of Eoly.

As regards noise, the wind turbine will respect the legal noise level of 39 dB(A) in residential areas at night – this corresponds to the sound of whispering in a library. During the day, this is a maximum of 44 dB(A), which corresponds to the sound in a quiet office/work environment. In residential areas situated less than 500 metres from industry, the maximum noise at night is 43 dB(A) and during the day it is 48 dB(A).

Meeting CO2 emission reductions through green (wind) energy

The expected energy production of the turbine corresponds to the annual consumption of 2,500 families. The green power generated will initially be consumed directly on site by the Renika company. The rest of the power will be injected into the grid.

Eoly is a green energy producer and supplier, which is also strongly committed to innovation and research into alternatives and new techniques such as the use of hydrogen. Eoly is making its expertise and experience available to this energy project, from development to operation. The green energy producer and supplier is currently operating 14 onshore wind turbines in Belgium, in addition to numerous solar panels and a cogeneration plant. In this way, Eoly wants to make a meaningful contribution to the growing demand for energy and to achieving the climate objectives, with respect for people and the environment.

Thinking about sustainable projects in the neighbourhood: together we achieve more

Eoly takes the initiative to inform the citizens about the project and organises an information market in the parish hall in the Van Der Moerenstraat in Zele on November 28. The project will be presented by means of maps and photo simulations.

Interested and/or concerned local residents can ask all their questions at this information market to the experts, who want to enter into a constructive dialogue. Stephan Windels adds: “We find it very important to inform people correctly and transparently and are always prepared to enter into dialogue. The experts from Eoly are therefore ready to answer the questions of the local residents. The info market is open continuously from 5 to 8 pm”.

Besides the investment in the wind turbine in Zele, Eoly also wants to invest in landscaping and sustainable projects in the region (construction of walking and cycling paths, nature development, planting of trees and hedges, orchard, park, playground, etc.). The development of a teaching package on sustainable energy for the local primary schools also belongs to the possibilities.

At the information market, there will also be a suggestion box where local residents can give their creative idea or proposal, because we believe that together we can achieve more in the fight against climate change. “Eoly wants to involve people from the neighbourhood more strongly in this way and contribute to making the area more beautiful and sustainable. We would like to work out constructive proposals together in dialogue. Anyone who has suggestions may send them now to”, says Stephan Windels from Eoly.

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Eoly Cooperative successfully raises capital in Rebaix


From 15 September, Ath residents were given priority in investing. One month later, on 15 October, the general public was in turn invited to invest in the country’s energy transition. 

The capital increase’s target of 4.35 million euro was reached considerably before the scheduled deadline. This success reinforces our belief that more and more people are eager to step up and support the development of renewable energy, thereby sending a clear message to the rest of society. 

Past investment rounds convinced many others

Rebaix was Eoly Cooperative‘s first capital increase launch. In 2017, a staggering 1,200 member-owners invested in a wind turbine in Halle. In doing so, they are contributing towards making their environment more sustainable, while also enjoying dividend rights for years to come.